Image via CrunchBaseTeva Pharmaceutical Industries and Baxter Healthcare Services on Friday were ordered to pay punitive damages to a Nevada man who contracted Hepatitis C during an outbreak two years ago.
The Clark County District Court jury in Nevada ordered Teva to pay $356 million and Baxter to pay $144 million in the largest jury award in Nevada history.
Henry Chanin and more than 100 others claimed to have contracted the liver disease Hepatitis C after the anesthetic propofol were reused for colonoscopy or endoscopy procedures. Teva made the drug and Baxter distributed it according to the lawsuit.
Teva said it continues to believe that the evidence shows the company acted responsibly. The label for its propofol product clearly states that it is for single patient use only and that aseptic procedures should be used at all times.